35 Food Franchise Businesses You Can Start Under P1 Million

by Venus Zoleta, on category "Personal Finance"

June 3, 2019


Food Franchise Business Philippines | Moneymax

Negosyong patok ba ang hanap mo? If you have less than a million pesos, how far can it go? With the huge popularity of food carts today, you might make it big in the food franchise industry.

Franchising is a sound business model that allows aspiring food entrepreneurs to leverage on the strong brand recall and business operating systems of popular food brands—all at relatively lower costs than starting a business from scratch.

Moreover, food is one of the best businesses to franchise in the Philippines. Filipinos love to eat. In malls, train stations, and other crowded areas, people would go hungry and buy something to munch on. Office workers and students barely have time to prepare their own baon. See the money-making opportunities there?

Moneymax has compiled a list of potentially profitable yet affordable food businesses that are open for franchising in the Philippines. It’s a mix of both well-recognized and up-and-coming food and beverage brands with a starting business capital ranging from PHP 50,000 to almost PHP 1 million.

Food Franchise Business to Consider 

1. Potato Corner Food Cart, Kiosk, or In-Line Store Franchise

Potato Corner Franchise Business Rates

  • Minimum initial investment:
    a. Food cart: PHP 200,000
    b. Kiosk: PHP 400,000
    c. In-line store: PHP 500,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, food cart, franchisee and crew training, equipment, small wares, and initial supplies
  • Average payback period: 1.5 years
  • Potato Corner franchise details
  • Contact information: iwantfranchise@potatocorner.com / 534-5845 / 534-5846

2. Master Siomai Food Cart Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 280,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, food cart, initial food and paper products worth PHP 7,000, equipment, kitchen wares, crew uniform, cleaning supplies, and marketing materials
  • Contract term: 3 years (Renewable for another three years)
  • Master Siomai franchise details
  • Contact information: inquiry@mastersiomai.ph / 709-5288 / 709-0901

3. Siomai House Food Cart Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 250,000
  • Package inclusions: Food cart, equipment, and delivery
  • Contract term: 3 years
  • Contact information: siomaihouse@yahoo.com.ph

4. Siomai King Food Cart Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 168,888
  • Package inclusions: Security deposit worth PHP 40,000, trade name and logo use, food cart, equipment, utensils, food tasting products worth PHP 1,000, training, operations manual, opening assistance, marketing materials, etc.
  • Siomai King franchise details
  • Contact information: info@jcfranchisinginc.com / 889-4773 to 76 / 0918-8JCFRAN (523786)

5. Hong Kong Style Fried Noodles & Dimsum Food Cart Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 150,000
  • Package inclusions: Food cart, equipment, utensils, small wares, initial product, training, pre-opening and opening assistance, crew uniform, and marketing materials
  • Space requirement: 4 sqm
  • Contact information: 343-0536 / 0917-5000772 / 0922-8307611

6. Zagu Food Cart Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 650,000
  • Package inclusions: Trademark and logo use, proprietary recipes, ingredients, and procedures, food cart construction cost, initial inventory, crew uniform and training, and marketing support
  • Zagu franchise details
  • Contact information: 687-0140 local 150 or 113 / 0917-8098043 / 0918-8889248 / 0923-4563586

7. Citrus Zone Franchise

Food Franchise Business Philippines - Citrus Zone

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  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 280,000
  • Package inclusions: Trademark use, crew training, initial inventory, etc.
  • Space requirement: 4 to 6 sqm
  • Contact information: partners@citruszonerefreshment.com / 0998-5589640

8. Fruit Magic Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 400,000 (cart) / PHP 600,000 (counter/lounge)
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, equipment, utensils, franchisee training, initial inventory, marketing materials, and opening assistance
  • Contract term: Five years (Renewable for another five years)
  • Average payback period: 1.5 to 2 years
  • Contact information: franchise@fruitmagic.com.ph / 364-3621

9. Fruitas Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 300,000 (Plus 5% royalty fee and 1.5% advertisement fee)
  • Package inclusions: Food cart, initial inventory, equipment, supplies, franchisee and crew training, marketing materials, and opening assistance
  • Contract term: 2 years
  • Average payback period: 1.5 years
  • Contact information: franchise@fruitasholdings.com / 330-2889 / 0926-9888988 / 0939-1010101

10. Quickly Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 788,000 (Plus 5% royalty fee)
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, equipment, training, security deposit, and initial inventory
  • Contract term: 2 years (renewable for another two years)
  • Minimum space requirement: 6 sqm
  • Contact information: franchise@quickly.com.ph / 365-2518 / 365-8516

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11. Star Frappe’ Food Cart Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 99,000
  • Package inclusions: Trade name use, food cart, equipment, crew uniform, initial products worth PHP 3,000, franchisee and crew training, and after-sales support
  • Contract term: 1 year (renewable without a fee)
  • Average payback period: 3 to 4 months
  • Minimum space requirement: 6.25 sqm
  • Contact information: franchiseinquiry101@gmail.com

12. Minute Burger Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 600,000
  • Package inclusions: Name, logo, and trademark use, franchise fee, store design and construction, equipment, franchisee and crew training, initial working capital, etc.
  • Contract term: 4 years
  • Minute Burger franchise details
  • Contact information: info@minuteburger.com / 776-7740

13. Burger Matsing Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 50,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, franchisee and crew training, online ordering system, operations and marketing support, etc. (Excluded: Store construction cost, equipment, and initial inventory)
  • Contact information: info@burgermatsing.com / 0945-3456957 / 0939-8775810 / 0943-8700283

14. The Shawarma Shack Food Cart Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 861,000 (plus 3% royalty fee and other fees)
  • Contract term: 3 years (renewable for three additional terms of three years each, for a total of 12 years)
  • Contact information: shawarmashack.franchising@gmail.com / 0949-9944276 / 0920-9830247/ 0926-5250066‬ / 0917-6216062‬ / 0917-6860018‬ / 0917-7069517‬

15. Khaleb Shawarma Food Cart, Kiosk, or Counter

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 850,000 (food cart/kiosk) / PHP 950,000 (counter) plus marketing fees
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, design, construction, signage, equipment, security deposit, initial inventory, and crew training and uniform
  • Contract term: 3 to 5 years (renewable at 50% of the franchise fee)
  • Contact information: franchise@khaleb.com / 986-4383 / 0917-6-KHALEB (542532) / 0925-8-KSTORE (578673)

16. JM’s Shawarma Food Cart Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 380,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, trademark, name, and logo use, site evaluation and construction, operations manuals and systems, training, pre-opening and grand opening assistance, etc.
  • Contract term: 3 years (renewable for two additional terms of three years each, for a total of nine years)
  • Contact information: franchise@jmshawarma.com / 0925-7002859

17. Mister Donut Food Cart, Take-Out Booth, or Dine-In Shop

  • Minimum initial investment:
    a. Food cart: PHP 200,000
    b. Take-out booth: PHP 400,000
    c. Dine-in shop: PHP 650,000
  • Package inclusions: Food cart, equipment, small wares, POS tablet, and crew uniform (Excluded: PHP 50,000 franchise fee)
  • Contract term: 2 years (renewable for another two years at PHP 50,000)
  • Average payback period: 8 months (cart) / One to two years (dine-in)
  • Minimum space requirement: 1.35m x 2.16m (Cart) / 6 to 9 sqm (Take-out)
  • Contact information: fms@misterdonut.ph / 370-1236 / 0917-8896148

18. Waffle Time Food Cart Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 250,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, food cart, equipment, training, and crew uniform (Excluded: PHP 50,000 refundable security deposit)
  • Contract term: 3 years (Renewable for another three years)
  • Average payback period: 6 to 12 months
  • Minimum space requirement: 4 sqm
  • Contact information: customerservice@waffletime.com / 584-1601 / 584-3704 / 0933-8513968

19. Famous Belgian Waffles Food Cart, Kiosk, or Counter

  • Minimum initial investment: Plus 10% royalty fee
    a. Food cart: PHP 400,000
    b. Kiosk: PHP 460,000
    c. Counter: PHP 530,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, trademark use, business operating system (including equipment), site evaluation, store setup, etc.
  • Contract term: 3 years (renewable for another year at PHP 50,000)
  • Space requirement: 4 sqm (Cart) / 6 sqm (Kiosk) / 16 sqm (Counter)
  • Contact information: famousbelgianwaffles@gmail.com / 425-2591 / 0915-3933383 / 0917-5594318

20. Bibingkinitan Food Cart, Kiosk, or In-line Store

Food Franchise Business Philippines - Bibingkinitan

  • Minimum initial investment:
    a. Food cart: PHP 500,000
    b. Kiosk/Counter: PHP 700,000
    c. In-line store: PHP 900,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, security deposit, food cart or kiosk construction, equipment, small wares, and utility kit
  • Average payback period: 1 to 1.5 years
  • Space requirement: 4-6 sqm (Cart) / 10-20 sqm (Kiosk) / 20-40 sqm (In-line)
  • Contact information: franchise@foodasia-group.com / 846-4646 / 0917-5846172

21. Brownies Unlimited Food Cart Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 920,000
  • Space requirement: 4 sqm
  • Contact information: franchise@browniesunlimited.com

22. Mr. Liempo Franchise Store

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 430,000
  • Package inclusions: Trademark, name, and logo use, store design and construction assistance, equipment, kitchen tools, cleaning and office supplies, crew uniform, operations manual, training, etc.
  • Contract term: 5 years (renewable at PHP 150,000)
  • Average payback period: 10 to 15 months
  • Minimum space requirement: 2.5m x 3m
  • Contact information: 376-5326 / 697-7228 / 0906-2487852 / 0923-7351513

23. Hungry Juan Franchise Store

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 485,000
  • Package inclusions: Trademark use, store design and construction assistance, operations manual, training, etc. (Excluded: initial stocks and mobile POS)
  • Contract term: 3 years
  • Average payback period: 1.5 years
  • Contact information: smfifranchising@smg.sanmiguel.com.ph / hungryjuan@gmail.com / 702-JUAN (5826) / 702-5822

24. Lydia’s Lechon Kiosk Franchise

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 750,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, trade name use, franchisee and crew training, opening assistance, marketing support, etc.
  • Average payback period: 16 months
  • Space requirement: 8 sqm
  • Contact information: lydiaslechon@yahoo.com / 939-1221 / 939-4665

25. LOTS’A PIZZA Food Cart, Stall, Depot, or Store

  • Minimum initial investment:
    a. Stall: PHP 450,000
    b. Cart: PHP 550,000
    c. Depot: PHP 650,000
    d. Full store: PHP 850,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, security deposit, trademark use, construction, training, equipment, utensils, marketing support, etc.
  • Average payback period: 1 to 2 years
  • Contact information: franchise@lotsapizza.com.ph / 873-8435 / 873-8414

26. Fatboys Pizza Food Cart Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 450,000 capital + PHP 350,000 franchise fee
  • Package inclusions: Trade name use, food cart (on loan), equipment, initial food and store supplies, franchisee and crew training, operations manual, opening assistance, etc.
  • Contract term: 5 years
  • Minimum space requirement: 4 sqm
  • Contact information: fatboyspizzapasta@gmail.com /  rk@rkfranchise.com

27. Nacho King Food Cart or Kiosk Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 580,000 (Food cart) / PHP 770,000 (Kiosk)
  • Package inclusions: Food cart/kiosk, equipment, crew training and uniform, initial inventory
  • Contract term: 3 years (Renewable for another 3 years)
  • Space requirement: 3 to 4 sqm
  • Contact information: customerservice@nachoking.com / 535-6215 / 0917-5609336 / 0917-5611368 / 0998-5955269

28. Mr. Softy Ice Cream Food Cart or Kiosk Franchise

  • Initial investment: PHP 495,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee for five years, food cart or kiosk, equipment, small wares, initial stocks, and crew uniform (Excluded: PHP 3,000-PHP 3,500 branding fee and PHP 50,000 refundable security deposit)
  • Average payback period: Less than one year
  • Contact information: busdevt@mrsoftyicecream.com.ph / 998-2077 / 998-2114 / 0922-8973420

29. Fiorgelato Kiosk or Counter 

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 275,000 (Kiosk) / PHP 750,000 (Counter)
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, signage, equipment, marketing support and materials, crew training and uniform, etc.
  • Contract term: 5 years
  • Average payback period: 2 years (Kiosk) / 2.5 years (Counter)
  • Space requirement: 3.5 to 5 sqm (Kiosk) / 10 to 15 sqm (Counter)
  • Contact information: kiosk1263@yahoo.com / milkin_mktg@yahoo.com / milkinmktg@gmail.com / 524-0384 / 524-0385

30. Aquabest Water Refilling Station

Food Franchise Business Philippines - Aquabest

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 400,000
  • Package inclusions: Signages, machine, store opening, store software, training, and technical support (Excluded: PHP 50,000-PHP 100,000 franchise fee)
  • Average payback period: 1.5 years
  • Contact information: inquiry@gqwest.com / 371-0478

31. Aquasoft Water Refilling Station

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 400,000
  • Package inclusions: Brand name use, site inspection, layout and design, equipment setup and installation, source and product tanks, marketing materials, support products worth PHP 10,000, water analysis, water dispensers and containers, etc.
  • Average payback period: 2 to 3 years
  • Space requirement: 40 sqm
  • Contact information: hofranchising@aquasoftcorp.com / 355-4020

32. Crystal Clear Water Refilling Station

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 800,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, store layout and design, initial inventory, training, operations manual, marketing and operational support, etc.
  • Average payback period: 1 to 2 years
  • Space requirement: 25 sqm
  • Contact information: solerex@solerex.com.ph / 642-4489 / 216-8264 / 966-2447

34. Bente Silog Take-Out Counter or Dine-In Store

  • Minimum initial investment: PHP 700,000 (Take-out counter) / PHP 800,000 (Dine-in store)
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, brand name use, initial stocks, site assessment, store design, layout, and construction, equipment, wares, utensils, operations manual, franchisee and crew training, crew uniform, opening assistance, marketing materials, etc.
  • Contract term: 5 years (Renewable for two years at PHP 100,000)
  • Average payback period: 8 to 16 months
  • Space requirement: 8 sqm (Take-out) / 21 to 50 sqm (Dine-in)
  • Contact information: inquiry.bentesilog@gmail.com / 717-2307 / 0998-9960526 / 0908-3174568

35. Boy Kanin Food Cart, Kiosk, Dine-In Counter, or In-Line Store

  • Initial investment:
    a. Kiosk: PHP 149,000
    b. Dine-in counter: PHP 199,000
    c. Small in-line store: PHP 249,000
    d. Big in-line store: PHP 299,000
    e. Food cart: PHP 299,000
  • Package inclusions: Franchise fee, trademark use, initial stocks, franchisee and crew training, marketing support, opening assistance, crew uniform, cart, equipment, etc. (Excluded from the kiosk, dine-in, and in-line store packages: Construction cost, equipment, and marketing materials)
  • Contract term: 3 years
  • Space requirement: 4 sqm (Kiosk/food cart) / 15 to 20 sqm (Dine-in) / 30 to 50 sqm (Small in-line) / 60 to 100 sqm (Big in-line)
  • Contact information: franchising.boykanin@gmail.com / 352-8130 / 0917-3443472 / 0923-6831409

So Which Popular Food Item Should I Sell

According to Rudolf Kotik, founder of RK Franchise Consultancy, food remained to be the top franchise in 2016. Many food kiosks have sprouted all over the Philippines in the last decade, and it’s partly due to the relatively low cost of starting a food cart franchise. If you’re kicking off with a small venture capital, a food kiosk is your best bet. You have many options to choose from:

Potato Chips and Fries

Fried potato in all shapes and sizes is a staple food found everywhere—in malls, food courts, schools, terminals, night markets, and food fairs.

Pinoys simply love deep-fried, fresh-cut potatoes seasoned with all types of flavors. One popular franchise of this kind is Potato Corner, which now boasts over 500 branches in the country. It’s only been around since 1992, but it has already expanded to countries like Indonesia, USA, Panama, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, and just recently, Hong Kong.

Dimsum

Siomai and siopao remain to be popular snacks for Pinoys. They’re not too expensive, plus they can count for a complete meal when partnered with sago’t gulaman. Some notable food kiosks in this department are Master Siomai, Siomai King, Hen Lin, and Pinoy Pao. On a side note, another food item that has grown in popularity over the years, although not exactly a dimsum, is takoyaki. It’s worth a mention in this list.

Coffee and tea

You can never go wrong with coffee, especially in this era that embraces it so willingly. Coffee lovers are everywhere—one peek at a coffee shop will tell you just how big the craze is for this prized beverage. The same can be said about milk tea, which, unlike its cousin, the pearl shake, is steadily growing more popular each year. Some notable coffee and milk tea franchises are Foss Coffee, Star Frappe, Chatime, and Happy Lemon.

Shawarma

This affordable Mediterranean snack has always been a favorite among Pinoys. Its convenient packaging makes it easy to eat. Plus, it’s also a relatively healthy street food. Some of the common shawarma carts you will find in the market are Turks and Shawarma House.

Churros

These Spanish snacks are like donuts—except they’re deep-fried, crunchy, and dusted with sugar or cinnamon. You can consider franchising Churros City or Don’s Original Spanish Churros, which are two of the most common kiosks in the Philippines.

Pros and Cons of Franchising

No business offers guaranteed success—not even franchising. Consumers’ tastes are continually changing, making the market more unpredictable by the day. That’s why whatever existing frameworks a franchise may have must constantly evolve with the times. Even so, there are some pros and cons you can expect from franchising.

Let’s start with the good points. The most obvious advantage of franchising is that you get to start in the middle. You don’t have to develop a business concept from scratch because you’re basically adopting one that has already been proven effective. Other advantages include:

Well-Documented Operating System

When you buy a franchise, you purchase more than the products and services—you also pay for the knowledge and experience that the franchisor has gained over the years. You’re paying to adopt a model that has been proven to work.

Better Brand Recognition

Most franchises have existing customers that patronize them, so this saves you extra time and effort that you would otherwise use to come up with a marketing plan to attract a solid customer base.

Final Thoughts

Running a food franchise business isn’t a walk in the park, but your investment will literally pay off in a year or two. Some franchisees even get their ROI in just half a year. For more franchise business options in the Philippines, check the Philippine Franchise Association website.

No matter how affordable starting a food franchise business may be, you can’t spend all your savings on it. If you’re looking for a way to fund your startup food business, consider getting a personal loan from a bank that makes the cost of borrowing so much less than loans from other types of lenders.

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